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Three Things Wrong With ULTRAVIOLET: (1) Milla, (2) Milla, and (3) Milla

  • Nov 19, 2010
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I guess there's a guilty pleasure wrapped up here somewhere in ULTRAVIOLET, a bloated video-gamer's paradise of a movie with action sequences quite possibly choreographed by Maybelline in order to provide the most subtle, haunting, and pristine glances at the features of Milla Jovovich. All kidding aside, she is quite stunning to look at.

The plot -- not that one matters! -- is inconsequential here. All the film is shuttles between excuses to get from each action set piece to the next compliments of plenty of obvious CGI. Don't get me wrong! When it's action, it's quite pretty ... arguably as pretty as is the film's lead. It's Milla fighting, Milla shooting, Milla on a motorcycle, Milla swinging a samurai sword ... so many bodies, so little time (7 minutes longer than the theatrical cut for those of you keeping track).

In a film where the science is largely unexplained and sacrificed to the world of magic (Violet has a mystical belt buckle that not only allows her to ignore the law of gravity but also anything she's riding, too!), what matters is that it all look pretty, and, on that level, I guess it's safe to conclude that the package is delivered. While she's young and in shape, Ms. Jovovich can make flicks like this around the clock, and she'll always have SOME audience ... once the movie ends, they'll all head back home to their XBoxes.

I will say this: there's no doubt in my mind that whatever ULTRAVIOLET is based on -- a graphic novel, a video game, or something less three-dimensional -- it's probably quite better than this stinker of a story.

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November 22, 2010
Nice revew! The graphic novel was alright, it wasn't my favorite and I have to admit I only saw some issues of it. This had a messy script for sure but I am a sucker for Milla so I saw it in theaters LOL!
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Quick Tip by . November 22, 2009
Absolutely, one of the worst films ever made. It featured fight choreography by Maybelline.
review by . October 09, 2006
Pros: Pretty good special effect; my wife thought it was a video game.     Cons: Plot, well, let a lot to be desired.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Movies about uber badass (white) women seem to be in vogue as we sail into the 21st century. Some are good, some not; Ultraviolet (2006) staring Milla Jovovich in the title role, falls neatly into the latter category. The story is the same; mankind has mucked up the …
review by . July 27, 2006
Personally, I believe Milla Jovovich is great, even in this because she handles the 'tough' role really well. Cameron Bright also did a good job in his role. In this film I'm going to hold the director entirely responsible for bringing together this mess. `Ultraviolet' is something that I'd expect from Uwe Boll. The film relies completely on CGI and still manages to fall short of expectations. The movie bears some resemblance to `Equilibrium,' like the art of the Gun-Kata and how society is stratified. …
review by . July 05, 2006
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When Kurt Wimmer wrote and directed "Equilibrium," he managed to make a wonderful, lower-budget sci-fi flick that had a great story, plenty of action, and solid performances from actors such as the wonderful Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs, and Emily Watson. When Wimmer cranked out "Ultraviolet," he was given a larger budget, an established action star in Milla Jovovich, and a really creepy kid who is perfect at playing a creepy kid (Cameron Bright). So what does he do with these seemingly …
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As an overdose of eye candy,Ultravioletcan be marginally recommended as the second-half of a double-feature withAeon Flux. Both films are disposable adolescent fantasies featuring a butt-kicking babe (in this case, the svelte and sexy Milla Jovovich) in a dystopian future, and both specialize in the kind of barely-coherent, video-game storytelling that's constantly overwhelmed by an over-abundance of low-budget CGI. Director Kurt Wimmer fared much better with his earlier filmEquilibrium, but he's trying for a lively comic-book vibe here (beginning withHulk-like opening credits) with a digitally enhanced,Tron-like color palette. It largely suits this late-21st century story of a "blood war" between the ultra-violent Violet (Jovovich), member of a vampire-like group of resistance fighters infected with a man-made virus called the Hemophage, and the human Vice Cardinal Daxus (Nick Chinlund), who's determined to eliminate Violet's kind once and for all. Wimmer takes all of this way too seriously, crafting a plot involving Violet's rescue of a human clone boy (Cameron Bright) that's intended as an homage to John Cassevetes' 1980 dramaGloria, but Wimmer's good intentions are mostly lost in a repetitive series of chaotically choreographed fight scenes, mostly involving the tight-bodied Jovovich wiping out dozens of armor-clad enemies. It's all too numbingly hectic to qualify as a satisfying movie, but sci-fi buffs should give it a look ...
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Director: Kurt Wimmer
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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